Since Jive is generally part of a larger social media strategy, clients are often looking for ways to cross-link and integrate with their other channels. Jive has a Twitter plug-in that integrates more deeply with the platform, but for many clients, simply displaying the latest Tweets for a handle or term is enough. You can quickly and easily use an HTML widget on the customizable overview pages to incorporate free tools available from Twitter. Here's how:
- Head to https://twitter.com/about/resources/widgets and click on Widgets for My Website.
- Decide which type of widget you'd like to include. I recommend one of the following:
- Once you make your choice, the first thing to edit is the Settings tab. Enter the username or search query, depending on which type of widget you chose. If you're doing a search, you can also add a title and caption to display in the widget.
- If you want to change the behavior or appearance of the widget, edit the Preferences and Appearance. You can tweak the background, wrapper, and font color to fit in to your community, but this is an optional step.
- On Dimensions, change the width from 250px to 220 px. This will allow it to fit nicely into a side column on your overview page.
- Test Settings if you like, but once you're satisfied, click Finish and Grab Code.
- Copy and paste that HTML and head back over to your community.
- Click the arrow next to your name to Manage your Home Page. Note: You'll need to have the appropriate permissions to edit an overview page, whether your main home page or the overview page of a group or space.
- Select Other and HTML, and drag the HTML widget down to where you want it to appear on your overview page.
- Click on Edit to expose the editor.
- Paste the code you copied over from Twitter into the Your HTML field.
- Switch Hide Header and Border to "yes". This will display the Twitter widget without the default Jive formatting wrapper.
- Change the Custom Title to be something more descriptive like "Twitter Feed". This won't actually appear in in the widget once displayed, but since you won't be able to see the widget until you publish the page, it will allow you to keep track of its location.
- Save Properties for the widget and Publish Layout for the overview page.
- Voila! The widget should display on your overview page, and your members will be able to see your excellent social media presence.
Hopefully this is useful, and please leave me a comment if you have any questions or improvements.